Highlights include the use of computer vision, a technology used in automated manufacturing and future technologies such as self-driving cars, PitStop now allows users to check whether defined graphic shapes are present or missing in a PDF file. This action can also detect the number of appearances of an object. The technology even finds cropped or partial images that appear in the file. Options can be used to control whether other sizes and rotated images are also detected. This can save a lot of time as it is no longer necessary to open a PDF file and search for objects manually. This is demonstrated in a short YouTube-Video (1’52”).
In a second YouTube video (2’21”) some additional new features like the new swatch palette, tracing objects, converting stroke to fill, and clipping objects to a page box are demonstrated.
New features in PitStop 2020 include a page-based technique for bleed checking, overlay of PDF files (e.g. versioning), text search and replace, new action lists, and improved use of variables in action lists to further advance automation. There is also a short YouTube video (2’22”) about this.
PitStop Server 2020 will have Switch functionality. All automation functions of Switch Core will be available in PitStop Server 2020. This will allow automation of the receipt of a PDF file (e.g. via e-mail or FTP) and its preparation into a print-ready file.
According to the german distributor Impressed, PitStop Server and Switch will be merged into one product by 2022…